The MIT Energy Initiative and the US Department of Energy hosted the first Women in Clean Energy Symposium on September 28th, 2012. This symposium—for leaders who have helped advance the careers of women in clean energy, academics, other experts in clean energy, and students who are studying clean energy disciplines—helped to lay the foundation for a broader, continuing effort to enable and support the careers of women in clean energy. The goal of the symposium is to provide women in clean energy with a range of perspectives, analysis and data on clean energy challenges and opportunities. It also provides a forum for networking. Our hope that this annual Symposium will help build a sustained, national community of professionals dedicated to advancing the careers of women in clean energy.
Speakers and panelists focused on specific actions and activities in the general areas of the award categories. Small group discussions were part of the program, led by the Clean Energy ambassadors, industry representatives talking about their clean energy business lines, scientists discussing their innovations, students talking about their research, and a discussion between mentors and those they have mentored. We also honored women with outstanding accomplishments in their fields with awards and $10,000.
Introduced by Melanie Kenderdine, Executive Director, MIT Energy Initiative
Moderator: Ernest Moniz, Director, MIT Energy Initiative
Kateri Callahan, President, Alliance to Save Energy
Mary Anne Sullivan, Partner, Hogan Lovells
Lisa Epifani, Partner, Van Ness Feldman
Dian Grueneich, Principal, Dian Grueneich Consulting, LLC
Introduced by Professor Phil Khoury,
MIT Associate Provost & Ford International Professor of History
Moderator: Richenda Van Leeuwen, Executive Director, Energy and Climate, Energy Access Initiative Team, United Nations Foundation
Allison Archambault, President, EarthSpark
Alla Jezmir, Business Development, AES Corporation
Rhonda Jordan, MIT PhD student, Engineering Systems Division
Meg Harper, Humboldt State University (CA) Master’s student, Environmental Systems: Energy, Technology and Policy
Moderator: Nancy Pfund, Managing Partner, DBL Investors
Rachel Sheinbein, Partner, Energy and Materials, CMEA Capital
Kristina Johnson, CEO, Enduring Hydro, LLC
Kathleen McGinty, Senior Vice President, Weston Solutions, Inc.
Presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award to Millie Dresselhaus
Remarks from Millie Dresselhaus
Moderator: Martha Broad, Director of Knowledge Development, Massachusetts Clean Energy Council
Christine Ho, Co-founder and Head of Technology, Imprint Energy
Rachel Barge, Partner, Greenstart
Wendy Arienzo, CEO and Director, ArrayPower, Inc.
Sara Groen, Co-founder and Director, SURGE Accelerator
Moderator: Kim Saylors-Laster, Vice President of Energy, Wal-Mart International
Jennifer Rumsey, Executive Director, Heavy-Duty Engineering, Cummins
Johanna Wellington, Advanced Technology Leader for Sustainable Energy, GE Global Research
Terry Wood, Technology Vice President, Planning and Communications, BP Group Technology
Moderator: Carter Wall, Director, Performance Solar Division, Broadway Renewable Strategies
Lilia Abron, Founder, President and CEO, PEER Consultants, P.C.
Deborah Yerkes, Executive Director, Ohio Energy Project
Amanda Evans, Project Manager, New Mexico Energy$mart Academy
David Sandalow, Acting Under Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy
Introduced by Caroline McGregor, C3E Program Coordinator
Jessica Earley, Programs Director, Focus the Nation